butter bean

noun

Definition of butter bean

1 chiefly Southern US and Midland US
a : lima bean sense 2

Note: The name butter bean is used chiefly for either a small white or pale green lima bean or a large white to tannish lima bean.

For heartier appetites, a pair of succulent spring lamb chops cozy up to baby herbed lima beans (sometimes known as butter beans).Better Homes and Gardens … we sampled big, silk-textured butter beans shimmering in their juices …— Jane and Michael Stern
b : a plant (Phaseolus lunatus) that bears butter beans
3 : a green shell bean especially as opposed to a snap bean

Examples of butter bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lime and mint give creamy butter beans or baby lima beans a refreshing tang in this wholesome side dish. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Limey Lima Beans," 27 Nov. 2019 Put the butter in a large serving bowl and pour the warm butter beans on top. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Limey Lima Beans," 27 Nov. 2019 The tripe is cooked with black beans, butter beans, chorizo and tomato to intensify the inherent umami flavour of mogodu. Nikita Singh, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s township foods are being remade as gourmet dishes by a new generation of chefs," 15 Sep. 2019 There's a very legit gumbo, and fish filets are cornmeal-crusted, served on top of butter beans and topped with crisp okra. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "And the best bistros in Greater Cincinnati are ...," 28 Aug. 2019 The aforementioned meaty and mild butter beans ($4.69) are huge limas somehow baked to deliciousness. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Cohasset’s Olympus Grille is an ode to family," 12 June 2019 In the seafood and meat section, there is a rustic beef short rib and mushroom ragout ($28), and octopus a la plancha ($31) mixed with butter beans, blood oranges and kale chips. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Among top San Francisco destination restaurants, the Progress is better than ever," 14 Mar. 2018 The aforementioned meaty and mild butter beans ($4.69) are huge limas somehow baked to deliciousness. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Cohasset’s Olympus Grille is an ode to family," 12 June 2019 In the seafood and meat section, there is a rustic beef short rib and mushroom ragout ($28), and octopus a la plancha ($31) mixed with butter beans, blood oranges and kale chips. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Among top San Francisco destination restaurants, the Progress is better than ever," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of butter bean

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Butter bean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butter%20bean. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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butter bean

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butter bean

US : a kind of small, flat bean : a small lima bean
British : a lima bean that is dried before it is sold

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